SHE LIT: Introducing Deep Lit 🤿


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I’m excited to announced the newest section on deep lit.

As you may have guessed, this section is dedicated to the deep dives on literary works written by women, books and events targeted to female readers, and overall gender and racial equity, diversity, and inclusion in the publishing industry.

These blog posts deserve a different spotlight compared to the smaller news bites and the weekly newsletter you’re reading now. It takes more hours to construct a piece of commentary that makes sense to readers who are still figuring out the situation involving authors and books they care about.

Authors and their books are constantly in the news amid the evolving landscape of the literary market. We’re seeing more book bans than ever, more diversity and inclusion conversations, more concerns about the industry such as the trial going now over the potential Penguin Random House and Simon & Schuster merger (planning a post as we speak), and other concerns like safety that came up today with the stabbing of author Salman Rushdie at a literary festival.

On top of my full-time career as a news editor and my aspirational career as a traditionally published author, I write the blog posts for she lit out of an intense interest and excitement of connecting dots on some of the biggest bookish news. That’s why I’m monetizing the deep lit section by offering subscriptions. Only $5 a month! It’s like buying me a matcha green tea out of support for the story🍵. And you can cancel anytime… I understand flexibility is important.

I also envision she lit to be a larger enterprise where I can pay interns and other staff to boost the production of blog and social media content. Sometimes, I get frustrated because I can’t cover everything that I want to cover. I have to juggle my other responsibilities while reminding myself to practice self-care. I hope you can support she lit with a subscription if you like reading the blog 🤗📚

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What we’re highlighting

Penguin Random House, Simon & Schuster antitrust trial starts

The top two publishers want to merge, but the U.S. Department of Justice is intervening. The trial between the DOJ against Penguin Random House and Simon & Schuster started this week in Washington, D.C.

The DOJ accuses the publishers of creating a monopoly that will lead to less competition and lower advances for best-selling authors. That means fewer books will sell. The publishers argue they will compete better by joining forces. A lot of publishing lingo is being thrown into the mix for the trial that may extend another week or two.

‘From Scratch’ memoir gets new story on Netflix

A book-to-TV adaptation of the inspiring memoir by actress Tembi Locke is coming to Netflix. From Scratch: A Memoir of Love, Sicily, and Finding Home explores Tembi’s relationship with her late husband from their meeting in Sicily to Tembi returning to Sicily from Los Angeles after her husband’s death to grieve with his family and find her footing.

Streaming Oct. 21, the Netflix miniseries will be a similar story given to fictional characters played by Zoe Saldana and Eugenio Mastrandrea. Tembi and her mystery novelist-screenwriter sister Attica Locke also serve as co-creators and producers teaming up for this project with celebrity book-to-screen queen Reese Witherspoon and her production company Hello Sunshine.

Ayesha Curry, Zando Books announce self-help imprint

Zando Books is partnering with cookbook author Ayesha Curry to launch an imprint called Sweet July Books. The imprint will focus on acquiring books that focus on “faith, family, food and female empowerment.” Ayesha, also known as a restaurateur and wife to basketball star Stephen Curry, runs the Sweet July lifestyle brand that includes her restaurant, curated shop, and magazine of the same name.

What we’re reviewing

Book Review: From Scratch by Tembi Locke

What we’re reading

#CurrentlyReading: I’m Glad My Mom Died by Jennette McCurdy

What we’re watching

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